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High school baseball: Bonneville blasts Olympus out of 4A tournament

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KEARNS — It only takes one hot bat to ignite Bonneville's offense, and that stick belonged to junior Bryan Heward on Monday afternoon.

Heward hit two home runs and two doubles and drove in four runs in the Lakers' 16-7 win over Olympus in the one-loss bracket of the 4A state tournament. Bonneville advances to play Salem Hills in another elimination game on Tuesday.

Heward isn't known as a home-run hitter. He only hit two before Monday's game, which tied him for sixth most on his team. Still, he put on a pretty good Barry Bonds impression against the Titans.

"He was seeing the ball pretty well today to say the least," said Bonneville coach Trevor Howell.

Heward's second home run of the game helped the Lakers start to pull away in the fifth, giving them a 10-6 lead. He added a solo shot during a four-run seventh. His RBI double in the second tied the game at 3-3.

"I was just seeing it, putting the bat on the ball, relaxing," Heward said. "It was a good day. It was a good way to (resume) the playoffs."

Heward's teammates fed off of his big day. The Lakers had 15 total hits with 10 of them being extra-base hits. Sophomore Jack Hall hit a three-run home run in the seventh. Logan Jugler had two doubles and two RBIs. Sam Hall and Dylan Wold each drove in two runs.

"If we get one guy going, the whole team's going," Heward said. "One through nine (in the order), it's hard to get us out."

Nine Bonneville batters had at least one hit.

"I feel like there's not a hole in our lineup right now," Howell said. "Everybody's confident."

Evan Parker started the game for the Lakers and threw 5 2/3 innings. His effort was good enough to earn him his seventh win of the season. Sam Hall closed out the victory.

The win builds on Bonneville's boomerang season. The Lakers, the Region 5 champions, have enjoyed the largest turnaround in the state in 2010 after winning just three games last season. Bonneville improved its record to 20-5.

The Lakers hope to keep adding to that win total in the one-loss bracket. Heward will throw against Salem Hills on Tuesday.

"It's going to be tough to kick us out," Heward said.

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